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Hot Rods Remembering that first hot rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,142

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Gordon Ross was a real heavy hitter in the early days, had all the best drivers, and ran all over the northeast...a collection of his photos from Ginny Ross appear on facebook on the early stock car sights, and are really nice to see as he always had great equipment. Neat story.
  2. My first was in 1962 at the age of 13 . My dad wouldn't let mr get a glass t body for 39.95 but said we would build one . Bought a 30 or 31 a sedan for $15 , got frame , front end and lots of parts . He taught me to ,gas weld , hammer work , leading , layout and most importantly finishing a project . Had it running by 14 and got a Ed Cole diamond tuff job for finishing HS . $204 with tax . Proportions off but did I have fun and the girls loved it . Blue image.jpg
  3. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,057


    Fun to look back

    I worked at my dads work and saved up and bought a MAS racing glass T-bucket body when i was 12

    Me and my dad built it together about 80% then it got stalled out

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    just before i started back on the T-bucket i bought a mostly stock 53 f100 that had a sbc in it, i flipped the rear axle put a mopar torsion front end in it and drove that a bunch so that technically was my first driving hot rod
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    then i got back on the t-bucket and got it runnign and drivng
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    then i sold it about 2 months after having it on the road and bought a 31 tudor, i built that entirely by myself when i was around 19ish
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  4. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,608

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

    Scan_Pic0053.jpg 1956, first "hotrod" was homemade by my dad. Briggs/Stratton power. I was king of the hood. I'm driving, neighbor is standing in back. Note brand new 56 Buick in backround.
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  5. Egghead
    Joined: Jun 6, 2012
    Posts: 55


    My first(1966) 100_2590.jpg my first,(1966)Still have her, and still doing upgrades
  6. ...circa 1978, first hot rod was this 40 Chev tudor, 283,glide, 57 rearend, stripped to bare metal and primed, drove it many places for 6-8 years, then sold it to move on to the next one. Guy who bought it painted it fire engine red.
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  7. My first hot rod, Y-Block powered 30 Model A, 1962, I drove it 7 miles and learned about bump steer. My second hot rod, 413 Chrysler powered 30 Model A, 1968.
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  8. GeezersP15
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 541

    from N.E. PA

    Alas, I don't have any pictures of it, but my first "Hot Rod" was a flathead V8 53 Ford sedan. We removed just about everything that we decided was un-necessary. It was basically just a running frame. We left the front seat and dashboard/firewall intact, and got rid of the rest. What a hoot that thing was to drive. That was over 50 years ago, but the memories are still pretty vivid.:D:D:D:D:D
  9. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,342


    Coming home from church one Sunday in 1962 and looked across the street and saw this old channeled Roadster body in a garage. I was eleven years old, Dad went over the next day and I got it for cleaning out the garage. Sold it, got it back 25 years later, and it has been a project in my basement ever sense. Bob
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  10. blackrat40
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,167


    My first ride in 1960 when I was 16.
    34 Ford pu with 51 Merc engine in bed.JPG My 1934 Ford Pickup (1).JPG
    Good thread!
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  11. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,053

    51 mercules

    My 1st and my current one!

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  12. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,403

    captain scarlet
    from Detroit


    The first hot rod I purchased in 1992.
  13. First Hot Rod of sorts...still have it!

  14. Here's mine from about '64. Running a banger.

  15. How about a rainy Saturday bump. HRP
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  16. Chavezk21
    Joined: Jan 3, 2013
    Posts: 627


    My first "hot rod" was an ot car. My dad traded a paintjob on an old ranch truck for a 74 nova 4 door when I was 14 years old. The top end was in the back seat. I had to work my butt off for that car, had to help dad prep and paint that old ranch truck, inside and out. It took two years, but when I finally got her together she was bored .030 over with a decent cam, camel hump heads, dual exhaust and a totally rebuilt stage two turbo 350. That car was the fastest small block car in the small county I lived in. Since it looked like a granny car was quite the sleeper. I am currently working on my dads old car, that is my avatar.
  17. cs39ford
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 802


    I would say in 1958 this was my first. Then in 1980 I built. This one. Had a bunch of tri Chevys stock Model A &36 five window before that. But this is what I consider my first one image.jpeg image.jpeg
  18. R&C RON
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 345

    R&C RON

    First Car/Hot-Rod , 1968[​IMG]
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  19. TerrytheK
    Joined: Sep 12, 2004
    Posts: 824


    Cool pics for sure - just like looking through old photo albums, these are the real thing.
    I had other modified cars before this one but they were mostly O/T for this board. The one that permanently did me in was this one. Used an Anderson Industries 'glass body shell ( :eek: ) with a four-banger Chevy II and aircooled 'glide. Not quite a "ton" of fun, it was a lightweight - have home movies somewhere of a few of my buddies picking the front end of the car up off the ground. Rode like a skateboard and cornered like a slot car. Started building it, believe it or not, in my parents' basement and finally finished in the corner stall of a barn! And no, I don't wish I had it back. It didn't fit me too well then and I doubt it would be any better now thanks to the "channeled car crouch"!!

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  20. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,359


    I guess this is the one in the 50's that got me inspired. A classic aged "hand me down" from my older Brothers. Wish I still had it.


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